Posts tagged parenting
A battle of good against evil rages all around us. We need to do everything in our power to make our homes a haven and a place of safety.
Safety ultimately comes from the Lord. As long as we are prayerfully striving to build a home according to His specifications, He will magnify our efforts and fill us with His Spirit.
We also must involve our children in making our home a place of safety. They need to know that we depend on them to do their part to not let evil enter here. One of the most obvious cracks (sometimes it can seem like a gaping hole) in our home can be the media. Internet, movies, television, video games, music, magazines, and books can be uplifting, enlightening and entertaining. But the adversary can also use them for his purposes. Making wise media decisions is not always easy or convenient and it often involves sacrifice on our part, but it is eternally worth it! We must set the example for our children, and teach them through word and deed to choose the right.
Read the entire post at Latter-day Homeschooling, which discusses many things, including resources for screening and filtering media, and how to involve and teach our children to make wise media choices.
Even moving past the challenges of divorce, there are a whole new set of issues with remarriage. Frequently, children are involved as well as ex-spouses, and each person in the family means another relationship to forge.
At age 24 I became a step-mother. I was suddenly a stay-at-home mom while my husband taught a university class. I went from being the fun friend to a parent out of pure necessity. I did everything every other mother does–-cooked, cleaned, wiped bottoms, drew baths, snuggled, prayed, dealt with whining and tantrums, comforted, and loved. Not that I didn’t also have a lot of fun that summer. I got to make a sea creature birthday cake for a 4-year-old and answer a 7-year-old’s important questions and help a 6-year-old learn to read.
yourLDSneighborhood News for Friday, 27 January, 2012
by Cami Checketts
Sleepover are the bane of my happy home. My boys request a sleepover every few weeks, usually while the friend or cousin they want to stay with is standing right next to them. Even with the pressure of wanting to be the fun Mom (for once), I almost always say no. Even if the sleepover is at a cousin’s house or the house of a friend who I respect and trust, I am still inclined to say no.
How do you handle sleepovers? Leave a comment.
yourLDSneighborhood News for Monday, 16 January, 2012
Gratitude for the Wayward Child
by Linda Garner
We may not understand why our children wander when we raised them in the gospel. Many parents feel guilt and shame and wonder where they went wrong. Those with a wandering child can feel intense pain from feeling the fabric of their eternal families being torn.
But letting go of pain and control allows us to trust Heavenly Father’s plan. Our Father has a plan for all His children, even our wandering children.
How do you trust in the Lord’s timing when a child has strayed from the gospel? We appreciate your comments.
As I conquered the steep beastly hill, my legs ached and wanted to stop, but my thoughts continued. From Christmas, I thought of the tradition of setting new goals for the New Year. And I had a moment of clarity; it all made sense. You see, for a month or so, the world focuses on the Lord. We sing carols, many bearing testimony of the birth of Jesus Christ. We are kind, patient, think of others first–whether we are aware of it or not, we are being Christ-like, for a month–at least. How appropriate, then, is it that we would have the desire and be motivated to improve upon ourselves and become more like Him?
Read more by Jeanette Green at Mormon Women.
Does a New Year’s resolution motivate you most, or do you have a quest to just do a little better each day? We’d love to hear from you.
yourLDSneighborhood News for Wednesday, 28 December, 2011
Discipline: an Opportunity for Christlike Parenting
by Joel Hiller
How do my wife and I teach our young children right from wrong and find the balance between justice and mercy? In our quest to learn what discipline is effective, I’ve talked to a lot of other parents and done a lot of soul searching, and I’ve come to a few conclusions that I hope others will find helpful.
Discipline is a hot-button topic. As teachers, parents, or grandparents, how can we do it with love and empathy? Leave a comment.
yourLDSneighborhood News for Wednesday, 21 December, 2011
Ivy’s Christmas Gift
by Marie C. Ricks
My four sons at were at home with my husband, and I was at the hospital tending our 13-month-old son, all while Christmas celebrations swirled around but did not seem to include us. But though I was tearful and somber, Ivy came day after day during that December with small surprises to distract me and to offer a cheerful hello.
How has someone’s thoughtful service blessed your life? We love comments!
yourLDSneighborhood News for Monday, 19 December, 2011
Our Home as an Island
by Jennifer Ricks
Do our lives sometimes feel full of dark, foggy winter days? Perhaps the answer to dispelling the mists of uncertainty and fear is that we need to make our homes islands, havens of safety from the world’s darkness.
How do you make your home a haven? Leave us a comment.
yourLDSneighborhood News for Monday, 28 November, 2011
Effective Parenting, Part 2
by Russ Beck
Most of us tend to parent in the same basic fashion as our mother and father. It feels natural and right to us. We are emotionally invested in our parents and love them, which means trying to look with objective eyes at how we were raised is not easy. We tend to feel as if we are betraying loved ones when we even consider a different parenting style. Yet it is essential for us to predetermine what kind of parents we want to be—otherwise, we just end up “doing what comes naturally.” The results may not be what we truly desire for our children.
What parenting techniques have worked for you? Leave a comment.